“Ethics wars”: Reflections on the antagonism between bioethicists and social science observers of biomedicine [Book Review]

Human Studies 29 (2):203 - 227 (2006)
Social scientists often lament the fact that philosophically trained ethicists pay limited attention to the insights they generate. This paper presents an overview of tendencies in sociological and anthropological studies of morality, ethics and bioethics, and suggests that a lack in philosophical interest might be related to a tendency among social scientists to employ either a deficit model (social science perspectives accommodate the sense of context that philosophical ethics lacks), a replacement model (social scientists have finally found the “right way” of doing ethics), or a dismissal model (ethics should be abandoned all together as a misconstrued veil of power). Increased awareness of differences in styles of reasoning and objects of research interest might help to overcome the hostility, and an anthropological project is presented as an invitation to a dialogue informed by awareness of such differences.
Keywords Anthropology  ethics  multi-disciplinarity  policy studies  social science
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10746-006-9022-9
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 34,484
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

After Virtue.A. MacIntyre - 1981 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 46 (1):169-171.

View all 39 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Anthropological and Sociological Critiques of Bioethics.Leigh Turner - 2009 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (1):83-98.
Empirical Ethics: A Growing Area of Bioethics.Lucy Frith - 2010 - Clinical Ethics 5 (2):51-53.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total downloads
152 ( #37,850 of 2,268,045 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #373,178 of 2,268,045 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature